Gem-A Awards Diamond Scholarship to Up-and-Coming Design Talent

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The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has awarded two scholarships to entrants of the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards 2013. The winners of the Gem-A Scholarship Award were announced at the Craftsmanship & Design Award’s award ceremony held at the Goldsmiths’ Hall on Monday, March 4th. The award evening marks the start of a three-day exhibition which celebrates up-and-coming design and craft talent in the UK.

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Both will clearly benefit from the course and I hope it will add to their skills and future designs as they understand more about diamonds.

The scholarships, which give two budding designers the chance to study Gem-A’s one-week Diamond Practical Course held at Gem-A headquarters in Hatton Garden, London, were awarded as part of the Association’s continued recognition of great design talent and support of gemological education across the UK.

During the evening event, Katie Jamieson’s ‘Hidden’ collection inspired by the Serpentine Gallery pavilion in Hyde Park, and Stasia Tereszczuk’s one-off piece exploiting the optical properties of andalusite were announced as the winners and noted for their excellent design and inventive use of gemstones throughout their work.

Jamieson said she was ‘thrilled’ to win the award, adding “It’s a lovely surprise and a great honor to be selected and acknowledged by such an experienced and reputable panel of judges. I am in the process of setting up my business and will be launching my brand with two exciting new stockists, EC One and Wolf & Badger, in the next few months, hopefully followed by many more in 2013 — so this scholarship will only give me further incentive.”

Tereszczuk was ’absolutely delighted‘, stating “I have nothing but respect for the integrity of the Gemmological Association and hold its qualifications in very high regard, as do a lot of the trades people with whom I deal. It was such a privilege to be invited to the prestigious ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall. I was very proud and a little overwhelmed to collect my award from James Riley. I am very grateful to Gem-A for the award and very much look forward to taking the course.”

Gem-A CEO James Riley, who was in attendance to present the scholarships personally, said: “The designs were very both good and original and the use of the winners’ existing knowledge about gems was excellent. Both will clearly benefit from the course and I hope it will add to their skills and future designs as they understand more about diamonds. There was a very good selection of designs to choose from and it was not an easy choice. Both winners demonstrated something different and out of the ordinary which caught the judges’ eye.”

Riley went on to discuss the importance of such an award and what it means to Gem-A by saying: “Gem-A is proud to support new talent and sponsoring the Craftsmanship & Design Awards not only does this, but also sits perfectly with our charitable aims of enhancing gemological education. Gemology is something designers might not immediately think of but those that have done our courses in the past have told us that it has broadened their horizons and understanding of jewelry. It is very important that organizations such as Gem-A support the Council as recognizes both excellence and creativity. It promotes the next generation without which our industry would cease to exist.”

Both candidates will be given the chance to enroll on the five-day practical course which gives students a practical guide to diamond grading to a DGA level. For many this is the first step in the study of gemology — and forms a neat stepping stone to the Diamond and Gemology Diplomas. For more information on Gem-A’s practical Diamond courses, or their Diamond and Gemology Diplomas, contact the Gem-A Education Department via their website. For press inquiries or images regarding this release, contact Amandine Rogny at +44 (0) 20 7404 3334 or amandine@gem-a.com.

About Gem-A
The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, or Gem-A, a London-based educational charity, is the world’s longest established provider of gem education and a membership organization that forms an international community of gem professionals and enthusiasts. Gem-A seeks to serve the best interests of the gem and jewelry industries worldwide through its commitment to supporting gemological research and high educational and trade standards. For information see http://www.gem-a.com.

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